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The Regalmspitze is a 2,253 metres high, lesser known mountain in the Kaisergebirge in the Northern Limestone Alps in Austria. The name Regalmwand, refers to the 2,227 metres high subpeak to the west of the Regalmspitze; the Regalmspitze and its subpeak rise in the eastern part of the Kaisergebirge mountains referred to as the Ostkaiser or "East Kaiser". They lie somewhat east of west of the high and better-known Ackerlspitze. Seen from the south, from the area of Going, the Ostkaiser forms a famous mountain backdrop which includes the Regalmspitze. ApproachesBecause of its challenging approach route the Regalmspitze is one of the unknown and climbed peaks on the Wilder Kaiser ridge; the normal route should only be attempted by mountaineers with sure footing, no fear of heights and climbing agility. The approach is made from the south, i.e. from the Gaudeamus Hut or from the Ackerl Hut over the signposted Gildensteig climbing path, past the Wildererkanzel zigzagging up to the memorial tablet south of and below the Kleines Törl.

Another option is an approach from the north, i.e. from the Griesner Alm in the Kaiserbach valley via the Fritz Pflaum Hut and the Kleines Törl to the memorial plaque. Normal routeNear the aforementioned memorial plaque, the signposted, but unsecured normal route branches off up to the Regalmspitze ab, it crosses steep slopes to a rocky gully, runs up the gully and continues over steep terrain and short steps to the wind gap between the Regalmwand and Regalmspitze. This is where the 5-metre-high vertical wall of the Wandl has to be overcome. Once over that, the route continues without any difficulty over easy rocks up to the summit cross on the Regalmspitze. Tour report with photos

Les Roberts (mystery novel writer)

Les Roberts to Lester Nathaniel and Eleanor Roubert in Chicago, Illinois. Roberts attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Roosevelt University, served in the U. S. Army, married Gail Medland in 1957. Roberts has one grandchild, Shea Holland Thompson, he lives in Stow, Ohio. Roberts became a vegan c. 2012 after watching'Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home' stating: Humane slaughter is a bit of misnomer. Chicken, pigs, they are all intelligent, emotional creatures and we treat them like we would an old pair of shoes. How could we eat animals again after that? Roberts began his career as a contemporary American mystery novelist after twenty-four years in Hollywood, having written and/or produced more than 2,500 half-hour segments of network and syndicated television, he was the first producer and head writer of The Hollywood Squares, has written for The Lucy Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Jackie Gleason Show and The Man from U. N. C. L. E. Among others. Roberts is seen as a regional writer.

Though his Saxon series is set in Los Angeles, he is best known for his Milan Jacovich series set in his adopted hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Jacovich, unlike many single, dashing private eyes of fiction, is a battered, Stroh's-drinking, polka-dancing Slovenian American Vietnam veteran, ex-cop, former Kent State football star, with a Serbian strong-willed ex-wife and two sons that he sees every other Sunday. Jacovich's working-guy attitude has endeared him to many Cleveland readers, he is past president of the Private Eye Writers of America and the regular mystery book critic for The Plain Dealer. He has been a professional actor, businessman and jazz musician. An Infinite Number Of Monkeys Not Enough Horses A Carrot For The Donkey Snake Oil Seeing The Elephant The Lemon Chicken Jones Pepper Pike Full Cleveland Deep Shaker The Cleveland Connection The Lake Effect The Duke Of Cleveland Collision Bend The Cleveland Local A Shoot In Cleveland The Best-Kept Secret The Indian Sign The Dutch The Irish Sports Pages King of the Holly Hop The Cleveland Creep Whiskey Island Win, Place, or Die The Ashtabula Hat Trick Speaking of Murder A Carol for Cleveland The Chinese Fire Drill The Scent of Spiced Oranges and Other Stories We'll Always Have Cleveland The Strange Death of Father Candy Wet Work In 1986 he won the inaugural "Best First Private Eye Novel Contest" for An Infinite Number of Monkeys in 1986.

This novel was nominated for the 1988 Anthony Award for "Best First Novel" and the Shamus Award the same year in the same category. The following year, the initial novel in the Milan Jacovich series was nominated for the 1989 Anthony Award in the "Best Novel" category. Next, Roberts won the 1992 Cleveland Arts Prize for Literature and has been voted "Cleveland's Favorite Author" by The novel The Lake Effect was nominated for the 1995 Shamus Award in the "Best Private Eye Novel" category. Official website

Reading Public Library

The Reading Public Library is the main public library of the City of Reading and the district library center of Berks County. RPL's services and collections serve the City of Reading, its suburbs, greater Berks County, beyond. Founded as an English subscription library in 1763, Reading Public Library is one of the oldest, though not continuously operating, libraries in the United States, it wasn't until 1913 that the Main Library as it stands was built through the generosity of Andrew Carnegie. After a major fundraising campaign in 1989, the Main Library was renovated and modernized through a variety of projects during 1990–1993, it is the sixth oldest public library in the United States. In May 2018, Reading Public Library was selected as a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service by the Institute of Museum and Library Services; this award represents institutions that offer "dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service" and that "bring about change that touches the lives of individuals and helps communities thrive" through outreach to and engagement with the service population.

An increase in the number of users and the changing collection needs over the years have prompted the construction of three Branches. Southeast Branch Library, Northeast Branch Library, Northwest Branch Library. City Bookmobile services were added in 1951; the Main Library, all three Branches, the Bookmobile share books and other materials to further facilitate complete coverage of the community's needs. The Reading Public Library website provides access to the library's catalog and to online collections and subscription databases, it includes information on upcoming events such as free book talks, instruction sessions, visiting speakers and authors. The online catalog ALIN allows users to search RPL's holdings of books and other materials as well as those of all participating libraries in Berks County. In conjunction with Access Pennsylvania, RPL gives library cardholders free access via POWER Library to hundreds of current and historical magazines, newspapers and reference books in subscription databases, including EBSCOhost, Grove Art Online, Grove Music Online, ERIC.

Other databases available only from within the library include Ancestry Library, Foundation Directory, Reference USA, Reading Eagle archives. RPL offers a wide variety of non-print resources. Among RPL's many services are a staffed Reference Department, Inter-Library Loan capabilities, a Pennsylvania Room dedicated to history and genealogy of the local area, award-winning Children's & Young Adult Departments scheduled Instruction & Programming, available Public Internet Access via desktop computers and wifi). Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Commonwealth Libraries Access Pennsylvania POWER Library State Library of Pennsylvania List of Berks County Libraries Durham, A. R.. History of the Reading Library 1808-1890. Unpublished manuscript, Reading Public Library, Reading, PA. Griesemer, V. L.. Two Hundred Years of Service: A History of the Reading Public Library.. Heizmann, L. J.. The library that would not die: the turbulent history of the Reading Public Library. Reading, PA: Reading Eagle Press.

Heizmann, L. J. & Hagan, C.. The library that would not die: the turbulent history of the Reading Public Library. Reading, PA: Reading Eagle Press; the Reading Public Library RPL Reference Services RPL Databases Location & Hours


WRDC, virtual channel 28, is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Durham, North Carolina, United States and serving the Triangle region. The station is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, as part of a duopoly with Raleigh-licensed CW affiliate WLFL; the two stations share studios in the Highwoods Office Park, just outside downtown Raleigh. On cable, WRDC is available on channel 12 in Durham, Chapel Hill and most of their suburbs, channel 10 in Cary, Clayton and Carrboro. On Charter Spectrum, WRDC is shown in high definition on digital channel 1215. In July 1952, Sir Walter Television Co. applied for WETV, a TV station to serve the Raleigh–Durham TV market. The company considered Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Roanoke and Durham, but selected Raleigh due to the number of colleges in the area, qualified personalities, Reynolds Coliseum, as well as the people's strong desire for a TV station. In October, the Federal Communications Commission approved the request. On February 13, 1953, Sir Walter completed the purchase of WNAO radio from the owners of The News & Observer.

The expected sign-on date was April 27, but the new station experienced numerous delays in getting transmitter equipment. On July 12, 1953 at 5:25 p.m. WNAO-TV began broadcasting on channel 28 as the Triangle's first television station and the state's first-ever UHF station. WNAO was a CBS affiliate, had secondary affiliations with ABC, NBC, the DuMont network. However, television manufacturers were not required to include UHF tuning capability on their sets at the time; until the FCC required all-channel tuning in 1964, UHF stations were unviewable without a converter. With one, the picture was viewable. With WRAL-TV signing on in late 1956 with an NBC affiliation, WNAO-TV was dealt another blow; the station had struggled for viewership for much of its brief existence, the presence of a new station made matters worse. The original Channel 28 shut down at the end of 1957. WRDU-TV, a new Durham-licensed station on channel 28, unrelated to the Raleigh-licensed WNAO-TV, signed on November 4, 1968.

The new station had studios located on North Carolina Highway 54 in southern Durham, with a transmitter located near Terrell's Mountain in Chatham County, North Carolina. The station was first owned by Triangle Telecasters, headed by Durham businessman Reuben Everett, his wife Katherine and their son, Robinson O. Everett. WRDU took over as the Triangle's NBC affiliate. NBC had not had a full-time affiliate in the Triangle since 1962, when WRAL-TV dropped that network in favor of ABC, leaving CBS affiliate WTVD to shoehorn NBC programming onto its schedule. Although the Triangle had long been large enough to support three full network affiliates, there were no commercial VHF allotments available, prospective station owners were skeptical about the prospects for a UHF station in a market which stretched from Chapel Hill in the west to Goldsboro in the east. UHF stations did not cover large amounts of territory well at the time. After channel 28's sign-on, NBC continued to allow WTVD right of first refusal for its programming.

WTVD chose to cherry-pick higher-rated programs from NBC and CBS, leaving WRDU to carry the lower-rated shows as well as NBC's news programming. In 1971, the FCC intervened on behalf of Triangle Telecasters. Still, the damage had been done, in terms of station identity and loyalty, making things vastly more difficult in the years to come. Additionally, WRDU's main competitors, WTVD and WRAL, were two of the strongest performers for their respective networks, having built up followings over the previous dozen years or so on VHF channels—the same problem that derailed WNAO-TV remained unchanged. WRDU had to deal with longer-established NBC affiliates in nearby Winston-Salem and Wilmington being available over the air with strong VHF signals in much of the surrounding area. Channel 28's transmitter was located on the Orange–Chatham county line, providing only a grade B signal in Raleigh itself and rendering it unviewable over-the-air in southern and eastern Wake County. However, one problem that could not be blamed on outside factors was Triangle Telecasters' frequent preemption of network shows for syndicated programs because it believed it could get more revenue from local advertising than from network airtime payments.

As NBC's popularity declined precipitously through the 1970s, WRDU only increased the number of preemptions. The Durham Life Insurance Company, which owned the Triangle's oldest radio station, WPTF, bought WRDU-TV from the Everetts in May 1977 and changed its callsign to WPTF-TV on August 14 of the following year; this was Durham Life's second attempt to get into television. Durham Life invested a large amount of money into its new purchase by upgrading the news department and building a new 1,300-foot transmitter tower near Apex, which gave the station a coverage area comparable to those of WTVD and WRAL-TV. It

Vertigo (gastropod)

Vertigo is a genus of minute, air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod molluscs or micromollusks in the family Vertiginidae, the whorl snails. The distribution of the genus Vertigo includes Europe, northern Asia, eastern Asia, Japan and North America and the Bermudas. In this genus, the shell is rimate and ovate; the apex is obtuse. The shell has 5-6 whorls; the last whorl is rounded. The aperture is semioval with 4 to 7 folds; the peristome is scarcely white-lipped. Snails in the genus Vertigo have no oral tentacles, thus they have only one pair of tentacles; the jaw is arched. The radula has a central tooth, square, tricuspid, as large as or larger than the lateral teeth, which are similar, bi- or tricuspid; the marginal teeth are low and serrated. Alaea Jeffreys, 1830 † Angustella Steklov, 1967 Dexiogyra Stabile, 1864 Glacivertigo Balashov, 2016 Haplopupa Pilsbry, 1898 Helix Gray, 1821 Isthmia Gray, 1821 †Ptychalaea O. Boettger, 1889 Pupa Gray, 1821 Pupa O. F. Müller, 1773 † Ungulidenta Popova & Schileyko, 1981 Vertigo Jeffreys, 1830· accepted, alternate representation Vertigo Pilsbry, 1953 Vertigo Sterki, 1888 Vertigo Nekola, Coles, Proschwitz & Horsák, 2018· accepted, alternate representation Vertigo Gray, 1821· accepted, alternate representation Vertigo Sterki, 1892· accepted, alternate representation † Vertigo O. Boettger, 1889 Vertigo O. F. Müller, 1773· accepted, alternate representation Vertigo Moquin-Tandon, 1856· accepted, alternate representation Vertigo Pilsbry, 1919 Species in the genus Vertigo include: subgenus Vertigo O. F. Müller, 1774 Vertigo alpestris Alder, 1838 - tundra vertigo † Vertigo antipygmaea Harzhauser & Neubauer, 2018 Vertigo antivertigo Vertigo arctica Vertigo arthuri Von Martens, 1882 Vertigo beringia Nekola, Coles, Proschwitz & Horsák, 2018 † Vertigo bicolumellata Steklov in Steklov & Tsytovich, 1967 Vertigo bollesiana - Delicate vertigo snail Vertigo botanicorum Horsak & Pokryszko, 2010 † Vertigo callosa Reuss in Reuss & Meyer, 1849 Vertigo chytryi Nekola, Coles, Proschwitz & Horsák, 2018 Vertigo concinnula - Mitered vertigo † Vertigo consteniusi Pierce in Pierce & Constenius, 2001 † Vertigo diversidens † Vertigo doliara Pierce in Pierce & Constenius, 2001 Vertigo elatior - tapered vertigo Vertigo extima † Vertigo flexidens Vertigo genesii - Round-mouthed Whorl Snail Vertigo geyeri Lindholm, 1925 Vertigo gouldii † Vertigo hauchecornei Klebs, 1886 Vertigo heldi Clessin, 1877 † Vertigo interferens Vertigo kodamai Nekola, Coles, Proschwitz & Horsák, 2018 † Vertigo kroloppi Schlickum & Strauch, 1979 † Vertigo kuenowii Klebs, 1886 Vertigo lilljeborgi † Vertigo micra Pierce in Pierce & Constenius, 2001 Vertigo milium - Blade Vertigo † Vertigo milleri Gottschick & Wenz, 1919 † Vertigo minor O. Boettger, 1870 Vertigo modesta - cross vertigo † Vertigo moedlingensis Wenz & Edlauer, 1942 Vertigo moulinsiana - Desmoulin's whorl snail † Vertigo mystica Vertigo nangaparbatensis Pokryszko & Hlaváč, 2009 Vertigo nitidula † Vertigo nouleti Michaud, 1862 Vertigo nylanderi Sterki, 1909 † Vertigo ocsensis † Vertigo oecsensis Vertigo oscariana Sterki, 1890 Vertigo ovata - ovate vertigo † Vertigo ovatula † Vertigo pageti Schlickum & Strauch, 1979 † Vertigo palangula † Vertigo paradoxa Sterki in Pilsbry, 1900 † Vertigo praecoquis Russell, 1956 † Vertigo protracta Vertigo pseudosubstriata Ložek, 1954 Vertigo pusilla O. F. Müller, 1774 - type species Vertigo pygmaea - crested vertigo Vertigo ronnebyensis Vertigo shimochii Kuroda & Amano, 1960 Vertigo sieversi Vertigo substriata Vertigo superstriata Pokryszko & Auffenberg, 2009 † Vertigo tembrockae Schlickum & Strauch, 1979 † Vertigo trolli Wenz in K. Fischer & Wenz, 1914 † Vertigo tuchoricensis Pilsbry in Pilsbry & C. M. Cooke, 1919 Vertigo ventricosa † Vertigo vracevicensis Neubauer & Harzhauser in Neubauer et al. 2017 † Vertigo whitei Pierce in Pierce & Rasmussen, 1992subgenus Vertilla Moquin-Tandon, 1856 Vertigo angustior Jeffreys, 1830 - Narrow-mouthed Whorl Snailsubgenus?

Vertigo alabamensis G. Clapp, 1915 - Alabama Vertigo Vertigo conecuhensis G. Clapp, 1915 Vertigo cubana Crosse, 1890 Vertigo eogea Vertigo eogea stagnalis Vertigo hachijoensis Vertigo hebardi Vanetta, 1912 Vertigo hirasei Vertigo hubrichti Pilsbry, 1934 Vertigo japonica Vertigo kushiroensis Vertigo meramecensis Van Devender, 1979 Vertigo neglecta Arango in Poey, 1856 Vertigo oralis Sterki, 1890 - Palmetto Vertigo Vertigo oscariana Sterki, 1890 - Capital Vertigo Vertigo occulta Vanetta, 1912 Vertigo parcedentata Vertigo rugosula Sterki, 1890 - Striate Vertigo Vertigo teskeyae Hubricht, 1961 - Swamp Vertigo Vertigo torrei Aguayo & Jaume, 1934 Vertigo ultimathule Proschwitz, 2007 This article incorporates public domain text from reference. Speight M. C. D. Moorkens E. A. & Falkner G.. Proceedings of the workshop on conservation biology of European Verti

Shelly Bay

Shelly Bay is a bay on the Miramar Peninsula of Wellington, New Zealand. Most of the land was owned by the New Zealand Defence Force owned for 124 years until 2009 and today it is the site of a controversial planned residential development that would use the former defence land. Shelly Bay is on the west of the Mirimar Peninsular, north of its isthmus, is about 8 km by road from Wellington's city centre; the land at the bay is part of the Wellington suburb of Maupuia. The land includes some reclaimed land, with nearby hillsides excavated to provide fill. According to the head of Victoria University of Wellington's Geography and Earth Sciences department, the land at Shelly Bay is at risk from coastal flooding due to sea level rises. In 2019, he predicted within forty years, damage seen once every 100 years would occur once every three or four years, he considered that a sea wall was feasible but that protecting the road around the coast would be problematic. According to Land Information New Zealand, the name "Shelly Bay" is not official.

In the 1820s and 1830s, a collection of peoples from multiple Māori iwi, including Te Āti Awa, Taranaki, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Tama, migrated to the region. This group became known as Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika; the village sited at the northern end of the bay was named "Maru-Kai-Kuru". In 1839 the bay was bought by the New Zealand Company along with most of Wellington; the deed of purchase would be described as "seriously" flawed. It was had no map to define boundaries. In 1885, the bay became a site for an anti-submarine mining base, due to fears of a Russian attack; the Submarine Mining Depot Barracks were constructed in 1887. The base was the site of an explosion in 1891. An inquest was held and its jury found there was not sufficient direct evidence for them to say what caused the explosion. In 1907 the land was transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy. In 1942, reclamation of land began and the area became a naval station called HMNZS Cook. In 1946 ownership was transferred to the Royal New Zealand Air Force, renamed Shelly Bay Air Force Base, to accommodate a catering unit and up to 300 staff.

The airforce base closed in 1995 and the New Zealand Defence Force put the land up for disposal. A naval museum was on the site but this was shut in 2008. In 2003, the Waitangi Tribunal ruled. On 14 February 2009 4.5 hectares of land was handed over to the iwi Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o te Ika who bought the land as part of a $25 million Treaty of Waitangi settlement. The settlement arising from the 1839 land purchase; the Crown apologised over this sale, saying the deed was flawed and promises were never kept. The Crown failed to set aside one 10th of the land for Maori as required by the terms, took land for public purposes without compensation, locked up remaining Maori land in perpetual leases; the settlement included the right to buy the Shelly Bay property and the iwi chose to do so at a cost of at least $13.3 million. Buildings part of the defence bases have had little or no maintenance since the base ceased operations; the wharf itself has rotted away. A number of artists rent studio spaces in the area.

The area features the Chocolate Fish cafe. Some of the 2005 film King Kong was filmed in Shelly Bay, including construction of the giant wall that separates Kong from the rest of Skull Island. Shelly Bay is a short drive from the Mirimar studios used for filming the movie. Multiple uses for the land of Shelly Bay have been proposed since the closure of the defence base, including a casino and a movie museum, the latter being proposed by director Peter Jackson. Development of the area has been controversial, with news site Stuff reporting that it has written about 400 articles on Shelly Bay between 2011 and 2019. Ian Cassels, director of the property development company The Wellington Company, has been planning a $500 million development for the land since 2014 but the project has faced legal and other barriers. A resource consent was first granted by Wellington City Council in 2017 but it was challenged. A 2018 Court of Appeal decision quashed that resource consent, saying that the Council wrongly interpreted law when it decided to grant it.

Following the court decision, there was a reconsideration of the consent process, conducted by independent commissioners and completed in October 2019. These commissioners approved a new resource consent; this consent allows for more intensive housing than Wellington's district plan would ordinarily allow. To develop the area, Cassels has purchased land from the Taranaki Whānui iwi. Much of the land owned by an entity called Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust, was sold in June 2017 for $2 million, less than the iwi had paid for it. Sale of all the land had been voted on, members of the Taranaki Whānui iwi voted against the sale, but the sale of a portion of the land was a smaller matter and did not require a vote. Mau Whenua, a group of Taranaki Whānui members, said the sale neither had the will nor mandate of iwi members and pledged to get the land back. PNBST said in a newsletter. A deal to sell the remaining land for $10 million was made by PNBST in 2019. Mau Whenua members obtained a caveat on a sale in July 2019, which prevents a sale unless it is withdrawn, removed by the High Court, or ex